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Protest against Delhi government ‘inaction’ on starvation deaths

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New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Hundreds of people from across the capital gathered at Delhi Secretariat on Friday to protest the “inaction” of Delhi government to form rules which would prevent deaths from starvation.

The protesters, led by the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA) NGO, held posters showing photographs of the three minor girls who died due to non-availability of food in east Delhi’s Mandawali neighbourhood.

Anjali Bhardwaj of the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA) said that the state government is responsible to conduct social audits and establish a “state food commission” so that all anganwadis and ration shops could be monitored.

Protest at Delhi secretariat. One month ago, 3 girls died of starvation in Mandawali- no action by Delhi govt till now to prevent such deaths. No Rules for Food Security Act, no Food Commission, no social audits. Now 2.4 lakh ration cards cancelled without proper verification.

“Under the National Food Security Act, the Delhi government is responsible to form a state food commission which would cover issues like non-availability of food, improper ration shops and people not getting ration cards,” Bhardwaj, an advisor to the NGO told IANS.

But, she said, the government has not done anything to prevent deaths by starvation. “There are no rules under the food security act, no food commission, no social audits and on top of that, 2.9 lakh ration cards have been cancelled without proper verification,” she added.

The NGO also conducted a survey of 56 families in Mandawali on August 20 this year.

The survey revealed that 93 per cent of families in the area does not have ration cards, 41 per cent families say they are unable to afford adequate food and a family of seven said on many days they survive by only drinking black tea.

Bhardwaj said that the main reason these families did not have a ration card was that they “did not have the required documents or were not aware of the procedures.”

“This situation could have been avoided if the government had conducted any social audit,” she said.

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Central team visits drought-hit districts in Karnataka

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Bengaluru, Nov 17 : A 10-member inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) began visiting 17 drought-hit districts across Karnataka for spot assessment of the losses incurred by farmers and the people, an official said on Saturday.

“The 10-member team, divided into three groups are on a three-day tour of the 17 drought-hit districts in the state to assess the grim situation arising out of deficit monsoon rains,” a senior revenue official told IANS.

The team, led by Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Joint Secretary Amitabh Gautam, has been split into three groups to visit the affected districts simultaneously.

The first group is visiting Ballari, Davangere, Raichur and Yadgir; second group Bagalkote, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag and Vijapura; and third group Chikaballapura, Chitradurga, Kolara and Tumukuru.

“The central team will meet state officials of the departments concerned on Monday in Bengaluru for discussing the drought situation in the state for the report to be submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office,” the official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 10 assured a state delegation, led by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, in New Delhi that he would send the team to assess the damage caused by drought in 17 interior and northern districts of the state.

“The delegation sought Rs 2,000 crore package for rehabilitation and rebuilding of infrastructure in the affected regions in the state from the central government,” said the official.

A cabinet sub-committee assessed the losses due to drought and sent a report to the central government for relief aid in October.

State Revenue Minister R.V. Deshpande, Public Works Department Minister H.D; Revanna, Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Byre Gowda were part of the delegation.

The Chief Minister also told Modi that half the state’s area faced drought due to weak monsoon.

The state has been facing drought conditions during the last 13 years. As per preliminary estimates, 15 lakh hectares of agricultural and horticultural crops have been affected, with an estimated loss of Rs 8,000 crore.

“There has been a prolonged dry spell in September, which resulted in about 50 per cent crop production loss,” Deshpande said earlier.

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IndiGo employee commits suicide at guest house in Gurugram

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New Delhi, Nov 17: A 35-year-old IndiGo airline employee allegedly committed suicide at a guest house in Gurugram’s Sushant Lok on Friday.

The deceased has been identified as Mausami Gautam, who hailed from Assam. She was working with the airlines’ security wing. Her body was found hanging from a ceiling fan at the guest house.

The autopsy will be conducted today after the arrival of her family members.

Meanwhile, police has registered a case and an investigation is underway.

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Bihar: 5 injured in explosion at Nawada medicine shop

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Bihar, Nov 17: At least five people were injured in an explosion at a Bihar medicine shop on Saturday. 

The explosion took place at a makeshift traditional medicine shop in Nawada district’s Rajauli. The police investigation is underway.

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